280 LIFE OF large blue eyes, which constantly turn from side to side. My wife nurses the child herself; I3 in my total freedom from business., am constantly with her, and so the child is scarcely ever in other hands than ours. Only you, my dear friend, whose heart is so open to these joys, and who know me more intimately,, can feel with me how delightful these occupations are, and what a rich profusion of new joys is granted me in my already enviable position.^ The rest of the letter treats of a political work., which he had imder- taken at the request of Dalberg, and which he sent to Forster for his opinion and judgment, before giving it to the public through the medium of the press. This is the last letter from Humboldt to Forster which has reached us, and we may presume that few more were written. The French entered Mayence on the 21st October., and IForster, in his enthusiasm for the French revolution and for freedom, was sent to Paris by his fellow-citizens, who wished to be incor- porated with France. While there, Mayence was again taken by the allied army, and Forster was obliged to remain in Paris, a witness of the Reign of Terror, and died there, of want and grief, in 1794. His widow married the author Huber. Hnmboldt and his family left Erfurt in the summer of 1792, and went to reside on their beautiful estate of Auleben, on the banks of the golden Aue, where they remained till ther spring of 1793, continuing .their studies in retirement and happiness. The political work, after Schiller had, with some difficulty, found a publisher willing to take it, was however not published, as Humboldt wished to modify and remodel it entirely; it was, indeed, never pub- lished as an "entire work, probably because Humboldt never felt the inclination to re-write it. Before the end of the winter, 1793, Humboldt again visited Erfurt. The following spring brought Mm another child—a son? to whom he gave his own name, and who, during hik short Iife3 was the father's, favourite.